Airbus first-half deliveries up 6% to 316 jets -sources

Airbus deliveries increased by 6% in the first half of the year to reach 316 aircraft, industry sources said on Thursday. The European planemaker delivered 72 planes in June, up 20% from 60 in the same month last year and up from 63 in May this year, they added.

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Airbus, which is targeting 720 deliveries for the year, declined to comment ahead of the publication of data on Friday. Airbus's first-half performance compares with industrial deliveries of 297 planes in the first six months of last year, before a negative adjustment of two units related to Russia.


Aerospace deliveries have been plagued by supply chain problems and labour shortages since the COVID-19 pandemic. But after a rocky start to the year, Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer told Reuters in June that Airbus was seeing a "more predictable" industrial pattern and what appeared to be the start of a more positive trend in deliveries.


Based on tracking of test flights, Jefferies said in a report this week that underlying aircraft production remained soft compared with targeted rates but looked set to increase this summer. It predicted 70 deliveries for June.

Source: Reuters

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